Junior FLL Celebration at the museum

Jr.FLL_Poster_2013The museum is excited to host a Junior First Lego League expo event again this year. The Junior FLL is a youth program to foster interest in science and innovation by designing Lego robot models to solve real-life problems.

The museum will be hosting the Lego robotics celebration on Saturday, April 12 from 10-12.00 showcasing robots and project demonstrations from local teams from area that participated in the Disaster Blaster challenge this year.

If your team is interested in signing up, more info can be found in the registration packet below or by contacting Debbie at DFandrei@bgparks.org. Registration and a $30 team fee (covers certificates and medals for each team member) is required for participation. If you’re just interested in seeing neat Lego robotics, this event is free and does not require registration so just stop in and check it out!

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New Town Square Crossroads exhibit

After a permit mishap delayed construction back in October, the museum can proudly announce installation of the new town square exhibit is nearly done! The official opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 8 from 1 to 4 PM. We have refreshments, activities and giveaways planned for the event. No need to RSVP, just come over!

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New Town Square coming soon…

Out with the old…

Ever wonder how an exhibit is constructed? The museum recently received a grant to rebuild the old Town Square exhibit. Right now, it looks like this —>

The grand plan over the next few years for the Town Square is to install four new interactive walk-in structures including: a greenhouse, gas station, general store, and train depot. The museum has funding right now to construct all of the environments except the gas station. That area and all of the planned audio/visual effects will be retrofitted as more money becomes available. Exhibit building is expensive!

SD130322_000021-page-001Normally, we try build small exhibits in-house but we just don’t have the skills for a project of this magnitude. Fortunately, Ravenswood Studio in Chicago does! The company’s bid won the project and we’re more than happy to leave all of it up to the professional exhibit builders.

P1080074Today, we went over to see how construction is progressing. The project is still in the early building phase so there wasn’t much to look at yet, but we were pleased with what we saw. The train station structure is just beginning to take shape and all three environments should be ready to install at the museum by November. Can you imagine the finished outcome?

Our Ravenswood contact graciously gave us the grand tour of the whole facility while we were there. Although they’re currently working on several projects, the traveling Sherlock Holmes/ forensic science exhibit caught our fancy the most. We were all impressed with the creativity, quality and sheer scale of the enormous project. We can’t wait to see it in a museum somewhere next year.  The prospect of having a new exhibit of that caliber of workmanship at the Raupp is very, very exciting. Stay tuned for further updates. For now, enjoy a few of the Sherlock photos below.

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The summer of the dragon

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We are excited to finally announce plans for the temporary “Kites!” exhibit that will run from June 1 to August 15 in the downstairs gallery. Visitors will learn about kites from around the world, see different types of kites, find out why they fly, and even have the opportunity to make an indoor kite (guaranteed to fly).

This handsome, fearsome kite creature has been waiting patiently in the office to be showcased in the summer exhibit and he’s brought plenty of friends with him. The exhibit is shaping up to be more awesome than anything we’ve ever attempted before.  Be sure to mark your calendar and stay tuned for updates!

Our New Look!

Here at the museum, change is in the air. Our trees have colored leaves.

Or no leaves at all. Our geese friends have left their roost near our parking lot for warmer climates.

All this changes got us thinking that our blog needed a new look. As you can tell, we have gotten pretty fancy. Hopefully, our changes will help to keep you more informed about our fantastic programs and events, but still give you the goings on of our lovely museum.

Keep watching our page for more to come!

Be excited!

The museum has big plans for the end of the month! We borrowed the horse from the Arlington Heights Museum for our upcoming Civil War exhibit “No Easy Choices.” The opening will coincide with the museum’s second annual Firefly Picnic on Saturday, August 20 from 4-6.  Bring a picnic and grab a seat on the lawn to listen to live Civil War era music performed by Loose Change and Friends.  Don’t miss this excellent event, it’s going to be a great night!

Raupp barn on tv!

The Raupp barn photographs from the museum’s permanent collection and an American flag painted by Marie Roth on wood salvaged from the Hans Raupp barn will be featured on the Channel 7 News in May.

When the Hans Raupp barn was scheduled to be demolished by the forest system, Hans and Leroy removed as much wood from the old barn as the could tote off.  Marie became connected with the Raupp brothers through choir at St. Mary’s Church with Leroy’s wife, Marge. Knowing of Marie’s interest painting flags on old barn material, Leroy brought her some of Hans’ wood. Much of that wood became medium for flags eventually sold to the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Marie’s work is unique in that all of her flags accurately depict past authentic American flags.

The news segment with Marie will be aired on May 27 at 11 AM on channel 7.

On a semi-unrelated note, Marie shared a story with me that I thought was great and just couldn’t keep to myself. “Marge and her sister were from Minnesota but they came down Buffalo Grove to go to a dance at the Buffalo House (now, of course, Lou Malnotti’s) because they heard the Raupp boys were quite the catch.  They were reputed to be both handsome and great dancers.  For Marge and Leroy it was love at first sight, but if I remember correctly, Hans never married.”